Politics One of the principal effects of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 was an exponentially compounded threat of terrorism in the country by extremist groups. 15 years after the invasion, and one year after defeating ISIS, the Middle Eastern country is still struggling to land on its feet.
Death The mysterious circumstances surrounding the deaths of two young Saudi sisters in New York City have spurred a still-unresolved investigation and provoked speculations that Saudi Arabia’s repressive society is partly to blame.
Environment Many business owners claim that the argan oil industry enhances the socio-economic situation of Amazigh populations in the argan forests region. However, this multi-million dollar industry could threaten the future of wild argan forests in Morocco and lead to results that are the opposite hoped for by the Moroccan government.
Politics Despite scant evidence against him, the United Arab Emirates has issued Matthew Hedges a life sentence, claiming that he is not an academic researcher, but a spy. Now, the Emirates’ international reputation is at risk.
Culture The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have a long history of tattoo art. Once considered a sign of beauty, its popularity declined in many regions because of negative social stigma and the fact that Islam prohibits tattoos. Recently, young Arabs have begun to embrace tattooing once again, and they are changing people’s perception of tattoos.
Culture Frankincense, one of the gifts bestowed upon the newborn baby Jesus by the biblical Magi (the Three Wise Men), has been used throughout history—not only as a pungent incense for religious rituals and ceremonies but also as a natural remedy for a wide...
Human Rights With the Arab world seemingly in constant conflict with no imminent prospects for peace, one world leader outlines her vision of the road to peace in the MENA region.
Culture Yemenis played a significant role in introducing coffee -- the second most traded commodity in the world after oil -- to countries throughout the world. The government's disinterest, however, in preserving the coffee tree and promoting its cultivation has deprived the country of significant revenue.
Culture Young, unmarried men and women gather in the mountainous village of Imilchil, in southeastern Morocco, every year at the end of September. They meet, trade livestock, buy their supplies for the long winter, and, traditionally, seek a marriage partner.
Culture Raï music influenced generations of North Africans from the 1970s to the end of the 1990s. A mixture of tradition and modernity, Raï has both mirrored and inspired social movements in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.